Author Archives: Michael James Baker

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Don’t send cows to market that are not fit to transport

Given that there may be a rush to get cull cows to market, there are some key factors to animal well-being that need to be taken into consideration. This is especially true if cows will have to be transported longer distances to get to a processing facility.

Go to full article and checklist

Other resources:

USDA-NYS Livestock Auction Reports

Checklist for Fitness for Transport


Transportation guidelines-2019


Lessons from China’s nascent COVID-19 recovery


Recovery may be a silver lining for direct marketers.

Recognize that consumers are likely to rethink their eating habits after COVID-19: Among consumers in 11 Asian markets, only Japanese consumers said they were less likely to change their eating habits in an exclusive Nielsen survey. In China, for example, Nielsen found that 86% said they would eat at home more often than before the outbreak, tracking closely with consumers in Hong Kong (77%), South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam (all 62%). High demand for more takeaway and home delivery of food also was noted in Hong Kong, South Korea and Thailand, representing the “on-the-go” lifestyles and convenience value these options provide. For retailers, the post-coronavirus challenge will be managing supply levels and surges in demand as new habits evolve.


Breaking news on changes with processing facilities in PA

The JBS processing facility in Souderton, PA will close at end of business today, due to confirmation of 2 COVID-19 cases. Situation will be reassessed in two weeks.

Cargill in Wyalusing is still buying cattle but only cull cows and bulls, no fat cattle.

I will do my best to keep all up to date as I gather new information in this ever changing situation. Please feel free to email directly with news that I can share as well.